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Carl Klaustermeier, 87

Carl Arnold Klaustermeier, age 87, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Garden House in Winsted.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie (while the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church sanctuary is undergoing renovations), with interment following at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

There will be visitation Monday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and visitation will continue Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Rev. Travis Loeslie will officiate at the funeral service; Jamie Degen will be the organist. Congregational hymns will include “Beautiful Savior,” “Amazing Grace, and “How Great Thou Art.”

Casket bearers will be Spencer Anderson, Graham Anderson, Kate Klaustermeier, Nick Klaustermeier, Liam Meyer, and James Klaustermeier.

Honorary casket bearers are Paige Anderson and Amelia Meyer.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

Carl was born March 22, 1929, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of William and Bertha (Templin) Klaustermeier. He was baptized as an infant April 7, 1929, by the Rev. A. Spleiss; and later confirmed in his faith as a youth March 29, 1942, by the Rev. E.H. Stahlke, both at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Carl attended St. Paul’s Parochial School, and was later drafted into the United States Army, entering active military service Nov. 8, 1954. Following basic training, he was stationed in Germany for 18 months. Carl earned the Army of Occupation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge. He was honorably discharged at Fort Sheridan, IL Oct. 24, 1956.

Carl was united in marriage to Carol Jessen Aug. 29, 1965, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick, MN. The couple made their home on the family farm in Lester Prairie, and their marriage was blessed with three children: Mary, David and Amy. Carl and Carol shared over 50 years of marriage.

Carl worked for the McLeod County Highway Department from 1965 to 1993. After his retirement from the county, he worked for Cominco American in Lester Prairie, hauling fertilizer and chemicals. In 1995, he started driving bus for the Lester Prairie School District, until 2005.

He was a lifetime member at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Carl was also a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.

He enjoyed reading the newspaper, doing farm work, and taking Sunday drives. He also loved having coffee with friends. Carl cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie; children, Mary Anderson and her husband, David, of St. Louis Park, David Klaustermeier and his wife, Jen, of South St. Paul, and Amy Meyer and her husband, Stacy, of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Paige Anderson, Spencer Anderson, Graham Anderson, Kate Klaustermeier, Nick Klaustermeier, Liam Meyer, and Amelia Meyer.

Carl is further survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert Jessen and his wife, Carol, of Elgin, IL, Delwyn Jessen and his wife, Karen Osborn, of Colorado Springs, CO, Sandi Schmidt and her husband, Warren, of Altenburg, MO, and Tom Jessen and his wife, Deb, of Madelia; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bertha Klaustermeier; and siblings, Lorna Schmidt and her husband, Ortwin, and Walter Klaustermeier and his wife, Jean.

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